Nov. 4, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Goals from unlikely heroes Scott Sweeney and Matt Marquess led No. 3 Santa Clara University to a 3-1 win over Loyola Marymount at Buck Shaw Stadium. Sweeney and Marquess each scored for the first time in their career to turn a 1-1 game into a 3-1 Bronco victory in the second half. Peter Lowry scored his seventh goal of the season in the first half for SCU. The Broncos are now 11-1-4 (6-0-2 WCC) on the season.
The Broncos had their first chance just minutes into the game. Lowry sent a corner kick to Matt Hatzke at the top of the box and Hatzke took a touch before curling a cross into the center. Aaron Clubb attempted to find Jide Ogunbiyi with a pass, but Lions goalkeeper Patrick Lane came off his line to intercept the pass.
Ogunbiyi had a long-range effort saved by Lane in the 17th minute. He received a pass at the right corner of the box and got just enough space to rip a right-footer to the lower corner, but Lane dove to make the stop.
SCU took the lead with 21 minutes remaining in the half on a Lowry penalty kick. Ogunbiyi was pulled down inside the box after receiving a pass from Hatzke. Lowry drove the penalty into the upper corner past a diving Lane for a 1-0 advantage.
Kellen Wantulok tested Lane with another shot from distance with under 15 minutes to go in the half. He picked up a pass on the left wing and volleyed a shot that forced Lane into an uncomfortable save.
Kevin Klasila came off his line early in the second half to thwart a possible chance by the Lions. A through ball found its way behind the Bronco defense, but Klasila charged off his line to scoop up the ball before a Lions played could get to it.
LMU evened the score four minutes into the half after a scramble in front of the net. Trini Gomez whipped a cross into the box and the Broncos were unable to clear the ball out of danger. The Lions Wilkie Johnson out-muscled his defender to gather in the loose ball and blast it into the goal for his second of the year.
Sweeney put SCU back on top with his first career goal in the 61st minute. Lowry sent a corner kick into the box that was cleared out. Sweeney unloaded a one-timed shot from 35 yards out that slammed into the lower corner past Lane.
Marquess capped off the win with his first career goal with six seconds remaining. Ricky Character dribbled past two LMU defenders on the endline and found Aaron Clubb at the near post. Clubb dropped a pass back to Marquess and he drilled a shot to the near post to make the final score 3-1.
SCU takes on Bay Area rivals, San Francisco and Saint Mary's, next weekend. On Friday, Nov. 9, Santa Clara heads to USF to play the Dons at 7 p.m. PT at Negoesco Stadium. Two days later, SCU closes out the home slate with a match against Saint Mary's. The Senior Day game kicks off at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium.